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    1. Osteoporosis Guide - Topic Overview

      What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a disease that affects your bones. It means you have bones that are thin and brittle,with lots of holes inside them like a sponge. This makes them easy to break. Osteoporosis can lead to broken bones (fractures) in the hip,spine,and wrist. What causes osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is caused by a lack of bone strength or bone density. As you age,your ...

    2. Osteoporosis - Topic Overview

      You can slow the onset of osteoporosis or reduce its impact if you develop habits that build and strengthen your bones. It is best if you start healthy habits early in life,but it's never too late. Habits that build and strengthen bones include: Eating a nutritious diet that includes adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D. Both are necessary for building healthy,strong bones. Take ...

    3. Calcitonin for Paget's Disease of Bone

      Drug details for Calcitonin for Paget's disease of bone.

    4. Osteoporosis - Topic Overview

      What is Paget's disease? Paget's disease is a problem of abnormal bone growth. It may affect just one bone, but it usually affects more than one.In normal bone, the bone tissue is constantly being broken down, absorbed into the body, and then rebuilt with new cells. In Paget's disease, bone tissue is broken down and absorbed much faster than normal, so the body speeds up the bone rebuilding process. But this new bone is often weak and brittle, and it breaks easily.Paget's disease is most common in people older than 50, and the risk of getting it increases with age. Most people who have it are able to lead normal lives. What causes Paget's disease?The cause of Paget's disease is not clear. But it may be related to: Genetics. You're more likely to get Paget's disease if your parents, brothers, or sisters have it. Viruses. The viruses linked to measles in people and distemper in dogs have been found in the bones of people with Paget's disease. But there's no proof that these viruses

    5. Testosterone for Osteoporosis

      Drug details for Testosterone for osteoporosis.

    6. Osteoporosis - Symptoms

      In the early stages of osteoporosis, you usually do not have symptoms. As the disease progresses, you may develop symptoms related to weakened bones, including: Back pain. Loss of height and stooped posture. A curved upper back (dowager's hump).

    7. Calcitonin for Osteoporosis

      Drug details for Calcitonin for osteoporosis.

    8. Osteoporosis - When To Call a Doctor

      Call your health professional immediately if you: Think you have a broken bone, notice a deformity after a fall, or cannot move a part of your body. Have sudden, severe pain when bearing weight.

    9. Bone Density

      A bone mineral density (BMD) test measures the mineral density (such as calcium) in your bones using a special X-ray, computed tomography (CT) scan, or ultrasound.

    10. Osteopenia - Prevention

      Learn about osteoporosis and how to prevent it.

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